Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Told You This Wouldn't Be Easy...

...I guess a late blog post is better than no blog post.

We've had a few busy months. I can't even begin to recap it all, so...let's start with our Fall Break vacation. With the boys off school for the entire first week of October, we decided to take a trip to visit Pappy and Grandma at their new home in Canton, Ohio. The 10 hour drive north was actually quite nice. We hit the boring parts in the dark since we left at 2am Friday morning and the boys enjoyed counting tractors harvesting field after field of corn.

On Saturday, we headed to Akron to board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The train was WAY late, leaving us plenty of time for photo opportunities. The overcast, chilly weather was a little more than we were expecting, but it made the hot chocolate even better.

After 4 months away from Pappy and Grandma, the boys wasted no time getting back in the swing of things, including Rock-Paper-Scissor matches with Pappy, running around and tackling Grandma, and being spoiled rotten. The train ride took us even further north to Peninsula, where we ate lunch at Winking Lizard Tavern. The food was yummy and Nathan was able to keep tabs of the FSU vs. Virginia game.

After a great weekend, we hit the road again. After a pit stop in Concord, NC to fill our tummies with Razoo's Cajun Cafe, we made it to Atlanta and spent 3 day visiting Aunt Dina and Uncle Luc. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we made it home Thursday afternoon; we took the weekend to recover before getting back school and work.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Weekend, part 1

What do you do when you have two days off from work and school?

Well, you have one of two choices... be a lazy bum or work harder than you did all week. We have a little bit of both planned for this weekend. What's on the itinerary? Carnivals, hiking, car maintenance, Dinner for 8, Addison Road concert, interview preparations, and I'm sure much more than what's actually on the calendar.

We started the weekend off with a little family fun and headed out to our old church-First Baptist Church of Mesa. During the school year, the older boys participate in AWANA Clubs, a youth outreach program that trains disciples for Christ. To celebrate the end of the club year, they held a carnival for all the families, with a bounce house, face painting, lots of games and activities, and even a dunk tank.

As a parent, you never really know how activities like this are going to turn out. More so, how your kids are going to act. I have to say all of the boys did extremely well, which made it an enjoyable night for Momma & Dad as well.

Here are some pictures of the boys goofing off in the bounce house. As I am sure you can imagine, it was rather difficult to get them to stand still once they started. Mom definitely needs a better camera if she wants to catch them in action.

Morgan and Christian each took turns trying to dunk their babysitter, Shelby, in the dunk tank. When their aim failed, they decided running up and hitting the target would work better! Gavin loved playing with his balloon dog he received from the clown and watching Dad help make snow cones at the concession stand with the other guys from his Thursday night Bible Study.

Saturday morning started off rough with an early wake up--6am!!! Obviously, we have not learned the definition of sleeping in.

Grandma (Mary Pickett) joined Momma, Morgan, and Christian on a hike up Vista Trail at Usery Mountain. This is the 3rd time the boys have hiked this trail and they have definitely mastered it. We made it up, over, and down the 0.6 mile trail in just 30 minutes. That includes a 5 minute snack while sitting on the sun dial at the top where the views of the Valley of the Sun are just breath taking. This is 15 minutes faster than last time and nearly half the time it took them to hike it their first time.

Morgan, who has never slipped or fallen, enjoyed his first skid on his butt as he lost his footing on some loose rocks just as we started to head down. Christian, who has fallen each time we've hiked, made it the whole way without one slip. We were even blessed with a little overcast sun and a slight breeze which made the morning even more enjoyable. "Didn't have a camera by my side this time" ...sorry channeling some John Mayer... so, here are some pictures of the mountain/hill one time while I was hiking with some friends and also of the Phoenix sign on the side of the mountain. The boys love scouting for this!

While we were enjoying our desert hike, Dad was busy doing some long overdue maintenance work on the Expedition. With the help of a friend, Dad learned all he needed to know, plus some, about changing the brakes and rotors. God certainly blessed us when he brought along new friends, Kirsten and her husband Jordan, who is a mechanic. They are great friends, an awesome example of a God-centered marriage, and don't mind sharing their resources. And, Gavin enjoyed teaching Kirsten all about Saturday morning cartoons while playing with their dogs. She will certainly have an advantage over other moms after being schooled by Gavin.

More to come as the weekend continues...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Well, here goes.. umm.. something...

Just a little bit more. That's it. Not a lot, but a little.

I can handle it. I promise.

That's exactly what ran through my mind as I sat crisscross-applesauce on the couch perusing the latest blog update from a friend. As pictures of her tiny tot scrolled by on my computer screen, I thought I could totally be a blogger. More than that, I SHOULD! Any good mom with family scattered all around the globe would definitely start a blog in order to web-icize her little family for the masses, right?


As if we all need just one more thing in our lives.

But this is a little thing that will do some real good, right?

Yep, sweetheart. Keep telling yourself that.

Either way, after about an hour of shuffling through backgrounds and templates, choosing just the right color scheme and accents to correctly relate my personality across the vastness of virtual space, I am now the proud owner of a new blog--completely dedicated to...

Well, I'll get back to you on that one. But, it should be fun!